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SDF Career Opportunities

The SDF team helps donors and partners transform lives across our region by delivering world-class philanthropy and offering best-in-class services. SDF has been rated a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune for four consecutive years.

SDF is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Director of Government Grants
  • Investment Operations Specialist
  • Program Lead, Community Impact Partners

The San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center is currently seeking applicants for the following:

  • Accounts Payable Administrator

SDF Funding Opportunities

  • The Escondido Community Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for projects that will upgrade community spaces in Escondido. Deadline: January 22, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events & Development Opportunities

  • The Nonprofit Institute presents its 20th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium to empower nonprofit organizations and leaders to reach new heights of effectiveness and impact. This year’s theme, “Educating the Mind, Engaging the Body, Inspiring the Soul,” reflects its dedication to innovative and emergent nonprofit leadership and governance. Register for the event before January 19, 2024.
  • SDSU will be holding a 6-week course on starting a nonprofit. The course is supplemented with useful checklists, worksheets, reading lists and field trips to various online resources. The course is $147 and has various start dates.
  • The San Diego Public Library offers many free, highly interactive, instructor-led online courses. Courses run for six weeks, and new sessions begin every month. You must be a library card holder in good standing to enroll.
  • Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that trains leaders in the nonprofit sector and offers daily online nonprofit training on various subjects.
  • Nonprofit Ready offers hundreds of free professional development resources, including courses and certificates on fundraising, grant writing, starting a nonprofit, finance, engagement, marketing and human resources.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • The Maternal Mental Health Equity Fund (MMHEF) is seeking to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) led organizations and/or programs advancing community-centered approaches to address BIPOC maternal mental health inequities directly. Selected grantees will become partners in a 3-year national Learning Community with funding ranging from $50,000 – $100,000 per year. Deadline: January 12, 2024, by 11:59 p.m.
  • The Conrad Prebys Foundation is accepting Requests for Proposals for its Youth Mental Health Innovation & Scaling Initiative. This initiative seeks to fund local organizations providing programs with a proven record of effectiveness that improve social and/or emotional well-being or offer effective treatments for mental health issues. Preference will be given to programs serving diverse populations, youth who are out of school and unemployed, or youth who experience excessive physical, emotional or psychological pressure. Deadline: January 12, 2024.
  • The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) is accepting Request for Applications (RFA) for its Road to Resilience program for fiscal years 2024-2027. This RFA will award competitive grant funds to partnerships that, through interagency collaboration and integration of services, identify and serve pregnant individuals with known histories of substance use, pregnant individuals with current substance use, and parents/caregivers of substance-exposed infants. Deadline: January 12, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.
  • The Victim Compensation Board is accepting applications for its Trauma Recovery Center Grant for fiscal year 2024-2025. The Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) Grants funds organizations that operate throughout California to provide mental health or social services to survivors of violent crime that may not be accessible to them through existing avenues. Deadline: January 22, 2024, by 2:00 p.m.
  • San Diego Tijuana World Design Capital 2024 seeks applications from eligible San Diego-based nonprofit arts, culture, and design organizations; cultural districts; Small Local Business Enterprises (SLBE); Property Business Improvement Districts (PBID); Business Improvement Districts (BID); and other nonprofit community and business associations for the design, development, and presentation of WDC 2024-related programs, projects, and initiatives in communities and neighborhoods across San Diego’s nine Council Districts. Deadline: January 31, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.
  • The Water for Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications. They provide grants each year to construct water/habitat developments for wildlife. Water for Wildlife® project applications should show at least a 1:1 cost share match for consideration. Deadline: January 31, 2024.
  • The Coastal Conservancy State of California is accepting applications for its Explore the Coast Grant Program. The program facilitates and enhances the public’s opportunities to explore California’s spectacular coast and San Francisco Bay shoreline. Deadline: January 31, 2024, by 11:59 p.m.
  • The Employment Development Department is accepting applications for its Opportunity Young Adult (OYA) Career Pathway Program Grant for Program Year 2023-2024. The OYA Career Pathway Program for PY 23-24 grants will be to design and implement projects that focus on creating pathways to success that test and demonstrate program strategies to improve employment outcomes and reduce persistent economic inequities for OYA 18-28 years of age. Deadline: February 4, 2024, by 3:00 p.m.
  • The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for its Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program. The purpose of the RFSI program is to build resilience in the middle of the food supply chain; to provide more and better markets to small farms and food businesses; to support the development of value-added products for consumers, fair prices and fair wages; and create new and safe job opportunities. Deadline: February 26, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.
  • As You Sow is accepting grant applications from organizations working in the fields of toxics reduction, environmental education and environmental justice in California. Deadline: February 28, 2024
  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is accepting applications for its Challenge America grant. This grant program offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved groups/communities. Applying is a multi-step process. Please be sure to allow sufficient time for registration, which can take several weeks. Deadline: April 25, 2024, by 8:59 p.m.
  • The Story of Stuff is accepting applications for their grassroots grants program to support underfunded organizations and communities addressing a myriad of environmental and social justice issues, with a focus on flights over water privatization and plastic pollution. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led and serving groups with a budget of $50,000 or less. Deadline: None
  • Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generation is accepting applications through their rapid response fund. Priority will be given to supporting organizations and fiscally sponsored projects based in trans communities that are facing high levels of harm and who have limited access to foundation support. Deadline: Rolling
  • The Waitt Foundation is accepting applications for their Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program. ROC grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofits that support or operate a formal classroom K-12th grade program in which the primary purpose, curriculum, or object emphasizes the teaching of mathematics or the sciences and/or the application or development of skills related to art and/or the performing arts and music. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) is accepting formal grant applications. CICF makes grants to organizations that are located or operate in U.S. communities where the cruise industry maintains vessel operations, employs significant numbers of individuals, purchases products and services from strategic business partners; and that carry out programs and activities that confer significant local community benefits. Deadline: CICF grant applications are accepted throughout the calendar year. Grant submissions will be reviewed every quarter for final selection. The full review process may take up to six months.
  • Lyft is accepting applications for its transportation grant program. Lyft is committed to helping reduce transportation barriers for historically excluded communities across the nation. Lyft awards local community grants in the form of in-app ride credits on an ongoing basis as funds become available. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from organizations that help increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball. LOI Deadline: Rolling.
  • The California Wellness Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for their Advancing Wellness Grant Program. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address the urgent needs people face in their communities. Specifically, the focus is on low-income communities, people of color, youth, immigrants and residents of rural areas. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation is accepting inquiries from educational institutions and nonprofit trade organizations that help economically disadvantaged high school students develop portfolios to qualify for admission to art school and provide college scholarships to study graphic design, advertising, photography and illustration. Deadline: Ongoing.
  • S. Bank Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for their Community Possible Grant Program. U.S. Bank Foundation supports organizations and programs that advance the following funding priorities: WORK (Workforce Education and Economic Prosperity), HOME (Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization) and PLAY (Artistic and Cultural Enrichment, Learning Through Play and Preserving, Protecting and Enhancing Outdoor Places to Play).
    Deadline: Ongoing.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity grant from organizations to support studies about “upstream” causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The MIT Club of San Diego is accepting applications to assist local educators, schools, and nonprofits in improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in San Diego. Deadline: Rolling. 
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation accepts applications at any time from organizations whose projects or proposals align with their three areas of focused work: thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation is accepting applications from artists for their Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for individual artists. Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials, pay for studio rent and their personal expenses. Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Parker Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that provide services that improve the lives of people throughout the San Diego region. Deadline: Rolling.
  • American Humane’s Second Chance grant offers public and private animal sheltering agencies and rescue groups financial assistance to help offset the costs of rescuing animals who are homeless or victims of human cruelty. Nonprofits who focus on animal rights and rescue are encouraged to submit proposals. Deadline: Ongoing.

Nonprofit Resources

  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter is a professional development group for fundraisers. It is a great organization for learning about capacity building, networking, and education.
  • is the gateway to the federal grants world. Learn more about the federal grants process and how to register to their system.
  • CalNonprofits offers a wide array of resources for California-based nonprofits.
  • CA Attorney General’s Guide for Charities provides information about best practices for nonprofit organizations in California.
  • S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Applying for Section 501(c)(3) status. Read a PDF or view a video about how to file for nonprofit status.
  • Mission Driven Finance provides services in nonprofit investment opportunities and financial services.
  • The Nonprofit Board Exchange is a free service offered by Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego in collaboration with their community partners to expand the pool of nonprofit board members in San Diego by sharing training, resources and listings of open board positions.
  • Nonprofit Hub produces free guides on several helpful topics for nonprofits.
  • BoardSource provides resources and tools on various board leadership topics that help educate nonprofits and their boards, including downloadable resources, articles and publications.
  • Learn how to claim and update your organization’s Candid profile. Nonprofit profiles are a fundraising tool for telling an organization’s story and are viewed by numerous funders and foundations.
  • The Nonprofit Institute’s Digital Library houses public reports and evaluations, including our State of California and State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Annual Reports.
  • Wallace Foundation offers general nonprofit resources, including articles and studies by leading thinkers in nonprofit finances.
  • The National Council on Nonprofits helps nonprofits achieve greater collective impact by identifying emerging trends, sharing proven practices, and promoting solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.
  • Volunteer Management Guide provides tools and best practices for effectively managing volunteers.
  • Tech Soup offers free and discounted software and hardware for nonprofits.
  • Impact Cubed’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Resource Library provides a growing list of DEI resources from community partners, including the Alliance for Regional Solutions, Fieldstone Leadership Network, and North County Philanthropy Council.